The Mystical Phases of the Five Pillars in Islam

The ritual cycle in Islam is founded on five pillars. The life of a true believer in Islam revolves around these principles and this develops man from the physical state to the spiritual state of being. At this state man inherits the angelic virtues and perceives the divine guidance from Allah Sub’hanahu wa Ta’la, the creator of light and darkness, the Mighty and the Wise.

It is noted from the tradition of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) that Kalma Tayyab (The Sacred Word), Assalat (Five Daily Prayers), Saum (Fasting of Ramadan), Zakat (Paying Poor Due) and Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makka Once a Life Time) are the five pillars of Islam.

The sacred word, five prayers and fasting require mental and physical efforts, whereas poor due and pilgrimage to the House of God in Makka require mental, physical and financial resources. The system of poor due matter affect should psychologically encourage people to make investment and produce wealth in order to be charitable, in the service of Islam. Similarly fasting keeps individual in control of themselves and stream’ lines individuals character and suppresses ego, also it prepares a person for greater endurances at difficult times. While fasting develops patience, the paying of poor due removes selfish elements and cures the disease of poverty, deprivation and unhappiness in the community.

The five daily prayers are a constant move of turning towards the Divine Creator with a ritual preparation of cleanliness. Pilgrimage to Makka is a three dimensional strive, good physical effort required, a means of transport taking the journey and expenses for traveling for stay in Makka and returning home. So it is compulsory with conditions pointed.

The central strand of these pillars or the nucleus of the faith of Islam is the sacred word and there are three main phases to this holy testimony.

  1. The removal of all images from mind, heart and body, saying LA (NONE) ILAHA (DIETY). A submission to nothingness.
  2. The second phase is ILLALLAH (BUT ALLAH), so the only Divine Creator to be worshipped, adored and prostrated unto is Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
  3. The third phase is MOHMMAD RASOOL ALLAH (Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah)

So in reality the Sacred Testimony is rejection of pseudo gods, a nothingness and acceptance of Allah, the only Lord, making an audible confession with tongue and confirmation by heart and finally a true acceptance of Mohammad (peace be upon him), the messenger of Allah.

LA ILAHA ILLALLAHO MOHAMMADUR’ RASOOLULLAH

(There is no deity, but Allah and Mohammad is the messenger of Allah)

The mystic traditions place light on the INWARD PHASE of life. It is described that inside the man’s chest is a slab of meat, inside the meat is Qalb ( heart ), inside the Qalb is the Soul, inside the Soul is Lata’if ( a particle ), inside the lata’if is Isra ( inner most or secret) and unto that Isra is the reflection of the Divine Light.

For recognition of the Divine Lord four commonly lata’if are considered essential. It is through the power of these lata’ifs that spiritually one perceives an understanding towards One True God. The Lata’ifs are Sirri, Khafi, Jalli and Qalbi which are also known as the Lata’if of Ma’rfah (the recognition)

The Kalma Tayyab plays a major role in preparation of man for Ma’rfah Ilahi, the recognition of God. As the universe is a philosophical concept in view of Divine Will, the reality (Haqiqa) of Sacred Word surpasses all boundaries of gas, liquid and solid state in the whole of creation and reaches the universe of Jabrut, a boundary of Al-Tajalliat Rabbani ( The Mystic Flashes of the Lord).

One of the greatest achievement in life is to be near to Allah Sub’hanahu wa Ta’la and see everything in the universe through the love and light of Allah, the love and light of Allah is achieved by Muslims by pivoting whole life on the Five Pillars of Islam, a true submission to the service of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.